How to Get Started Gardening

Do you have a garden?  Have you ever thought of trying out gardening?  Gardens can be an excellent source of food in the summer and can save you money as well! As it is officially spring, it is almost time to get started on planting our garden! I tried out gardening for the first time in the spring of 2013.  We lived in a townhouse with an extremely sunny backyard and I had lots of time on my hands so I decided to try creating a small garden. My husband helped me build a small raised bed (although it was […]

How to Get Started Gardening

13 Freezer Meals to Make Your Dinners Easier

13 Freezer Meals to Make Your Dinners Easier Do you know what feels really amazing?  Knowing that you have a month’s worth of meals prepped and ready to go in the freezer!  Freezer meals or freezer cooking is seriously awesome.  If you have not tried it, I highly recommend doing so!  There are so many situations where freezer meals can come in handy. I made freezer meals when I started teaching, knowing that I would be too exhausted to cook dinner every night when I got home – especially in the first few months.  I made freezer meals before my first […]

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Elite Blog Academy – The Best Choice You Can Make for Your Blog

Elite Blog Academy – The Best Choice You Can Make for Your Blog A year ago today, I was sitting in your shoes.  I desperately wanted to get my blog off the ground, but I had no idea how! I felt completely stuck. I knew there had to be a better way, but I had no idea how to find it.  And then I discovered Elite Blog Academy. It seemed like the perfect solution to my problem, but, I was still scared to take the leap. You see, Elite Blog Academy is not cheap.  It was a pretty big investment for someone […]

Four Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom

Four Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom When I quit my job as a teacher to stay home with my daughter, I always had a vague plan in the back of my mind that I would look for ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom. Just because you are at home with your kids all day, does not mean you cannot contribute some supplemental income if that is something you are interested in.  There are tons of ways to make money from home online that could be completed on your own schedule. Below are three ways […]

Setting a Gift Budget for All Occasions

Setting a Gift Budget for All Occasions One area of our budget that has a tendency to get out of hand is our gift budget category.  In the past, I have not been very good at anticipating all of the social events that will require a gift purchase.  In turn, this usually means that we end up spending too much on a gift or just not budgeting properly for the month.  There is also the pressure of being invited to a birthday party (especially a kid’s party!) last minute and needing to get a gift but knowing it is not […]

How I Only Do Laundry Once a Week

How I Only Do Laundry Once a Week It is no secret in my house that I love figuring out the most effective and productive way to get things done.  I am always trying to determine the path of least resistance that will get me the most bang for my buck.  Time is money after all!  As a stay-at-home-mom, one of my weekly tasks is laundry.  Everyone has their preferred laundry system, and if you have one that works for you, that is great.  I would venture to guess that most laundry systems, especially those of people who work out […]

How to File Your Own Taxes with Ease

This may be your first year filing your own taxes or maybe you have been doing it for awhile now.  Regardless, I hope that tax season does not induce large amounts of stress for you.  It really does not need to be that difficult.  The keys to success when filing your taxes yourself are staying organized, starting early, and using a tax software!  I have been using TurboTax online since the first year I started filing my own taxes and I have always found the process easy and even fun (mostly because I am a numbers nerd). TurboTax walks you […]

Baby Products You Will Use the Longest

Baby Products You Will Use the Longest Baby products are high on my shopping list right now as we prepare for our second baby girl.  We are lucky in that she is due the same month, actually the same week, as my daughter was born.  We already have tons of clothes in the right size as well as other baby products that we saved.  There are a few things, of course, that I would like to purchase for the new baby.  I have determined a few baby items that we need duplicates of because we are still using them for […]

$1000 Emergency Fund – Why It Works for Us

$1000 Emergency Fund – Why It Works for Us Ever since graduating college, I had been obsessed with having at least $10,000 in the bank.  I figured it was a good enough of an emergency fund to cover any “emergencies” that were not long-term job loss.  The problem was that I (and then we, once we were married) would either hesitate to dip into this money for “emergencies” and instead put it on a credit card or we would use the cash for something that we deemed important.  But looking back, none of those items were really that important, let […]

Three Reasons to Organize Your Finances

Three Reasons to Organize Your Finances The first three months or so, (maybe even the first whole year!) of creating and using a budget are going to be a learning experience.  If you have no idea how much money you spend in any given category when you first start out, it will take time to learn your habits, course correct, and organize your finances.  The process of creating a budget and tracking your expenses each month is going to help you tremendously. Funny how the actual practice of making and using your budget will help you become better at budgeting! […]